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  1. #1
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    Getting in to a Nikon DSLR with closeup question

    I am planning to buy a Nikon D80 with 18-135 kit lense and a Nikkor 70-300. I take a lot of wildlife and nature shots. I need some advise on what I need to take closeup pictures of insects. I like to be 2-3 ft away if possible. I don't know whether it is better to go macro lense, extension tubes or closeup lense. If the lenses above are bad choices, give me some better ones. I am trying to keep the entire purchase under $2000. Thanks in advance.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
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    If you want to be that far away you need a long lens that focuses closely.

    This may help.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-150mm-Ma...e=UTF8&s=photo

    I do not know the image quality of this lens but 2 of my 3 lenses are Sigma and I like them well enough.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
    http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q78/KylePix/

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
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    also Nikon does have some long telephoto lenses like the 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor but that is quite spendy. I think that 150mm f/2.8 from Sigma should do you some good with insect photography.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (70-200mm f/2.8 VR soon)
    Nikon SB600 (SB800 soon)
    Nikon MB-D10 grip
    Sekonic L-358
    Bogan/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod

    Canon AE-1 Program
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    CPC 2x Teleconverter
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 80-200 f/4.5
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 28mm Macro f/2.8

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